Predictions are for a hot summer here in the Wairarapa. There’s just so much going on over the next few months - the NZ Cycle Classic and Huri Huri Bike Festival, the Martinborough Fairs, Toe Tapping fun with the Topp Twins at the Country Music Festival, the A & P Show, Golden Shears, Round the Vines and the Wairarapa Harvest Festival - so be sure to mark your calendar.

Parked up at Ngawi, Cape Palliser by Simon Burt

Off the Grid, In the Sun, By the Water

It’s well known that pitching the tent or parking up the caravan is best done next to water, so Wairarapa’s abundance of beaches and riverbanks will see campers flocking here again this summer for sure.

The meticulous work of pioneering milking sheep farmer Miles King, of Kingsmeade Cheese, has been recognised with an official new sheep breed, DairyMeade. Susan McLeary explains.

Fancy fresh trout for breakfast? No problem…  take a few steps from your colourful gypsy caravan and catch it yourself in the river.  Or luxuriate in a sumptuous tent with ensuite bathroom (yes that’s right) in peace and quiet miles from anyone. This is glamour camping – glamping – and the Wairarapa could have been designed for it. Susan McLeary explains. 

Since taking over the chiropractic practice of the late Terry Field in August 2015, life has been extremely busy for Monique and Ben Bruce. In addition to buying the practice, and building a new house there is the delightful addition of baby Sebastian.

The Topp Twins will headline this summer’s Wairarapa Country Music Festival. Katie Farman talks with Lynda Topp about home-grown vegetables, shepherd huts and meeting interesting kiwis.

Nearly two years ago, French hairdresser Pierce Boyle was holidaying with his family in Martinborough. Seeing an attractive heritage building, his mother-in-law said ‘I can see you in that place’. Susan McLeary continues his story.